Before moving to Chicago I lived in Toronto, and let me tell you – Toronto is about as dog-friendly as a city can get! It wasn’t rare to see a pooch hanging out in a restaurant, boutique, or library. Here in the states we’re a little less inclined to allow dogs to mingle amongst us – especially in places where food and beverages are served. While I know one day I’ll eventually get the 110lb Burmese Mountain Dog I’ve always wanted, I’m currently too “spatially-challenged” in my studio to be able to get a pup of my own. So I get especially excited about going places that I know welcome dogs and can offer me my puppy fix for the week. If you’re looking to take your pooch out for drinks tonight, check out these dog-friendly bars.
2224 N Leavitt St
Chicago, IL 60647
The Corner, located in Bucktown, welcomes you and your pup inside their cozy dive bar. The Corner is always filled with friendly locals, and since the word is out – lots of happy dogs! You’re guaranteed a quiet place to enjoy a few brewskies on the cheap and your pooch is guaranteed a water dish and unlimited doggie treats!
Four Treys Tavern
3333 N Damen St
Chicago, IL 60618
Roscoe Village is home to Four Treys Tavern, a dog-friendly neighborhood bar that offers an endless amount of alternative activities – pool tables, dart boards, arcade games, occasional live music, karaoke, and a juke box that is always cranking lively tunes!
Clark Street Ale House
742 N Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60654
This charming River North pub is sure to please both you and your hound dog. Clark Street Ale House has a whole slew of tasty beers on tap and for warmer evenings, a beer garden in the back. On those nights when your pup is in the mood to jive, their juke box never fails to get people out of their seats.
Ten Cat Tavern
3931 N Ashland Ave
Chicago, IL 60613
A dive bar with a mellow vibe, Ten Cat Tavern welcomes pups of all kinds! With mosaics on the walls and mismatched chairs that offer an at-home feel, this Roscoe Village bar is a great place for Lassie to mingle with other equally handsome breeds while you sit back and sip on your beverage of choice. There’s a beer garden in the back that offers a sweet spot for your mutt to get a little fresh air. So until Chicago gets a bit more dog-friendly, at least we have these charming bars to offer man’s best friend a rockin’ night on the town.
Amanda Look lives in Chicago and works for an academic association doing event coordination. She blogs about city living and never gets tired of exploring its neighborhoods and events.